Eagles out for revenge to kick start play-off hopes

EASTBOURNE Speedway re-start their Elite League campaign after the week-long break for the speedway world cup with a trip to King’s Lynn tomorrow night (Wednesday).

It is one of a number of crucial away matches coming up for the Lifestyle Eagles in the next few weeks as they seek to finish in the top four of the Elite League and clinch a place in the end-of-season play offs to decide the title.

Co-promoter and team manager Trevor Geer said, “Picking up points away from home is going to be a key factor in our push for the play offs. We have won two matches away in succession and we will go to Norfolk with high hopes of keeping the run going.

“Earlier in the season we lost heavily at the Norfolk Arena in the A fixture but our chances went within the first few seconds of the match starting. Our No 1 Joonas Kylmakorpi crashed on the first bend of heat one and that was a blow from which we could never recover.”

Geer is forced to make one change to his team. Russian Denis Gizatullin has a long trip to his homeland for a league match on Thursday meaning he cannot fit in his Eagles’ fixture the evening before.

A Premier League guest will be used in the Eastbourne line-up since we do not have a facility to cover for his absence.

This Saturday (July 21), the Eagles are at home to Birmingham. Two extra attractions are in the line-up for fans coming to meeting.

On track, after the league match, the Blast from the Past troupe will take to the circuit. This is a group of riders who bring vintage speedway to life.

Co-promoter Mike Bellerby said: “Older fans will, I am sure, love to see these riders and bikes and reminisce about speedway of the 1950s and 60s. For younger fans, it is a great opportunity to see what the sport was like before laydowns, kevlars and 15-heat matches.”

Before the match, in the stadium car park, Eastbourne hold their second Speedway and Grasstrack Bike Jumble and Swop meeting from 3.30 to 5.30pm.

There is no charge for a pitch (no food vans). Enquiries to Chris Macdonald chrismac9x@tiscali.co.uk. Nick Barber will again be on hand to value memorabilia.

Turnstiles for the Elite League match open at 6.00pm with the match getting under way at 7.30pm.